California legislators get a lesson in Sustainable Communities!

Last week, ClimatePlan celebrated a milestone in Sacramento, hosting our first legislative briefing, Building Sustainable Communities.  The event, which was co-sponsored by the Honorable Speaker John A. Pérez, drew over fifty legislators, staffers, and members of the public who were eager to learn more about creating healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities.  With one of the highest influx of freshman legislators in years, it was vital to inform incoming legislators on the importance of SB 375 and their role to ensure its success in California.  We highlighted the connection between transportation, affordable housing, public health, and conservation and how we can achieve benefits for all Californians with smart planning.

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What’s on the horizon for sustainable communities?

From cap-and-trade to CEQA reform to regional plan development, 2013 is shaping up to be a big year! With so much happening around the state in the effort to build more sustainable communities, we thought we’d put together a quick list of things to keep an eye on in the coming months.

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Cordova Hills, SB 375, and the Inertia of Sprawl

Earlier this week, Sacramento County approved the controversial Cordova Hills project, a sprawling and far-flung subdivision outside the region’s urban footprint.  Cordova Hills flies in the face of the Sacramento Region’s 2012 Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), hailed by ClimatePlan and others as a model for SB 375 implementation. The debate over this project offers an interesting case study for SB 375’s impact on local land use decisions.

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Valley residents, advocates speak up for sustainable communities

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) met last week to discuss progress of SB 375 implementation in the San Joaquin Valley, and while there was no action being taken, nearly twenty speakers addressed the Board.

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Valley counties take aim at their targets

A lot has changed over the past two years as the eight county governments in the San Joaquin Valley began work on their Sustainable Communities Strategies.

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